The Kameda Peninsula, juts into the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Hakodate, is an unknown jewel to most international tourists. The sacred mountain E-san is the highlight of the peninsula. Onuma Quasi-National Park is Southern Hokkaido’s top resort that offers graceful holiday, such as cycling and skiing.
If you plan to go around the Kameda Peninsula from Hakodate by bus, we recommend traveling counterclockwise. Hakodate Tabisuru Passport (はこだて旅するパスポート) transit pass covers unlimited travel on one- or two-day on the Hakodate Bus, tram, JR and South Hokkaido Railway in Hakodate and its surrounding areas including the Kameda Peninsula. Purchase at the JR ticket offices in Southern Hokkaido.
Hakodate to Onuma Park (Route 278)
DURATION: 6 hours +
BEST TIME: Late April to early November
- 函館駅 (Hakodate Sta.) (H75)
- Yunokawa Onsen
- Hiura Coast
- Hinohara Danchi bus stop
- Choshi Surf Beach
- Minamikayabe (Kakkumi)
- Hakodate Jomon Culture Center
- Michi-no-eki Shikabe Kanketsusen Park
- Higashi-Onuma Camp-jo
- Onuma Park
- Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
- Michi-no-eki Natowa Esan
PLAN YOUR OWN TOUR
E-san (618m) ›› Hiking the sacred active volcano on the edge of the Kameda Peninsula.
Esan-misaki ›› The prettiest cape of Southern Hokkaido at the foot of E-san. Getting into the open-air Mizunashi Keihin Onsen by the sea.
Minamikayabe ›› Learning about Southern Hokkaido’s mysterious Jomon Culture.
Shikabe ›› Relax at the open-air footbath in the coastal geyser park with the michi-no-eki (roadside station).
One of Japan’s first international trade ports opened in 1854, Hakodate is a romantic port town with an East-meets-West culture, historic buildings, lively markets, fresh seafood and coastal onsen. Motomachi district on a scenic hillside keeps a nostalgic atmosphere.
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› From Hakodate Station bus terminal stop 3, take the Hakodate Bus 95 or 96 to Yunokawa Onsen (18min) on Route 278. Hakodate Bus 91 and 91A for Esan-Misaki (恵山御崎) stops at Yunokawa Onsen dentei-mae (湯川温泉電停前) near the tram stop. Tram is also available between Hakodate Station and Yunokawa Onsen (30min) via Goryokaku Koen-mae.
Yunokawa Onsen 湯の川温泉
One of Hokkaido’s oldest and largest onsen resorts on the city’s eastern coast, Yunokawa was used as a hydropathic for injured soldiers following the 1868-1869 Boshin civil war. Today there are about 20 onsen accommodation.
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› From Yunokawa Onsen dentei-mae (湯川温泉電停前) near the tram stop, take the Hakodate Bus 91 or 91A for Esan-Misaki (恵山御崎). The bus runs along the Tsugaru Strait and passes through the seven man-made tunnels (carved in 1929) in Hiura (日浦).
Esan Kaihin Park 恵山海浜公園
Curved sandy beach overlooking the Diamond Head-shaped volcano E-san, this coastal park is something like ‘Hokkaido’s Hawaii’. Strong currents prohibit swimming, but it is a good spot to surfing and camping (May-Sep). It is located at the Michi-no-eki Natowa Esan (道の駅なとわ・えさん).
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› Hakodate Bus 91 and 91A stops at the Natowa-Esan-mae (なとわえさん前) facing the michi-no-eki. If you plan to head north to Todohokke Shisho-mae (椴法華支所前), change buses at Hinohama Danchi (日の浜団地).
E-san (618m) is a singular active volcano that is sacred place from the past. The trailhead is Esan Onsen (恵山温泉). A 2.5km-long paved winding steep road (open 6am-6pm late Apr-Oct) and Kogen Trail leads to Kako-bara Car Park with stunning mountain views. From the car park, it is an hour scenic hike to the top.
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› Get off the bus at Esan Tozanguchi (恵山登山口) on the coastline, from where it is a 20-minute walk to Esan Onsen (恵山温泉). Return hike from the bus stop allow four to five hours.
On the easternmost of the Kameda Peninsula, Esan-misaki is the prettiest cape of Southern Hokkaido, framed by a pleasant lawn park. It has a photogenic white lighthouse. Don’ miss the mixed-gender rock onsen pool by the sea. Note: there are no roads at the eastern edge of the cape.
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› There are no buses to the cape and don’t go to Esan-Misaki (恵山御崎) by bus. From the top of E-san, you can climb down to the Hotel Cape (ホテル恵風) on Esan-misaki. Take around the cape, then head west to Todohokke Shisho-mae (椴法華支所前) bus stop along the coastal road for one-hour (4.5km) walk. From where, catch bus 99A or 99B for Hakodate Station via Minamikayabe Shisho-mae (南茅部支所前).
Minamikayabe 南茅部 (南かやべ)
Minamikayabe is home of the Jomon-era (2000 to 9000 years ago) culture and archaeological finds in Southern Hokkaido. As the town is famous for its high-quality konbu (seaweed).
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› From Minamikayabe Shisho-mae (南茅部支所前), take bus 99, 223 or 225 for Shikabe Shutchojo (鹿部出張所). Usujiri Shogakko-mae (臼尻小学校前) is the closest bus stop to Hakodate Jomon Culture Center at the Michi-no-eki Minamikayabe (道の駅南かやべ).
On the eastern side of Koma-ga-take, Shikabe is a small coastal onsen town. Michi-no-eki Shikabe Kanketsusen Park (道の駅しかべ間歇泉公園) is gushing hot-water up to 15-meter into the air every 10 minutes.
TRAVEL BY BUS ›› All buses for Shikabe from Minamikayabe pause at the Michi-no-eki Shikabe Kanketsusen Koen (道の駅しかべ間歇泉公園). From here, bus 210 runs three daily to Hakodate Station via Onuma-koen (大沼公園) near the train station. Buses 210 and 211 head to JR Shikabe Station (鹿部駅前: 3-6 daily / 21min) on the train route to Onuma and Hakodate.
Onuma Park 大沼公園
Onuma (meaning the big marsh) is Southern Hokkaido’s most popular and picturesque resort that is designated as a quasi-national park. The volcanic mountain Koma-ga-take and its peaceful lakes offer good for picnic, cruise, camping, cycling and hiking.
CONNECTIONS ›› From Onuma-koen, both the JR train and bus 210 runs to Hakodate via Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station on the Hokkaido Shinkansen. The limited express train Hokuto heads north to Sapporo via Noboribetsu.